These suckers are some of my kid’s favorite treats! And I have been surprised how much teenagers seem to love them too. They are pretty easy to make once you have the supplies and they are great for any holiday. You can do them in any color and in any shape you can get a mold in. I did these ones for Valentine’s day:
Here’s the recipe:
1 C sugar
1/3 C light Karo syrup
1/2 C water
1/2 tsp Lorann flavoring (notice, this is flavoring, not oil-there is a difference)
You can get the flavoring at Hobby Lobby, cake and candy supply stores or online and it comes in lots of flavors like cherry, lemon, apricot and root beer.
You are also going to need some molds. They MUST be the hard candy molds that are white and intended for high temperatures. Like these. Don’t get the basic chocolate molds-those won’t work. I have seen them at Hobby Lobby, candy supply stores, or you can get them online. Note that the recipe above will probably fill at least 2 of the molds for each batch, so buy more than one.
You’ll also need a candy thermometer and of course you need sucker sticks that fit your molds.
Prep your molds the first time by spraying them with Pam and then wiping them out. You don’t need to do this every time.
Put your sticks in the molds so you will be ready for action once your sugar mixture is ready.
Mix the sugar, Karo and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil and cook until it reaches 290 degrees stirring constantly. This will take probably about 5 minutes. It will seem like it’s not doing anything for several minutes and then all of a sudden the consistency and even the look of your mixture will change and the temperature will shoot up pretty quickly and it will be ready.
**This gets very hot and could be very dangerous. This is not a part that the kids should help with. Mine just sit and chat with me while I do this part.
Remove them from the heat and add your flavoring and food coloring to get the color you want. Mix that in quickly and then poor it into your molds.
You must work quickly because it will harden very fast.
Wait until they are completely cooled (you can use the fridge if you need to speed up this process) and then they should pop out very easily. If they don’t pop out easily, they may not be cooled all the way yet.
Then I like to package them in a small cellophane bag, tie and bow and for Valentine’s, I add a little sticker label that I printed out:
These are what my boys gave out as Valentines’ to their classmates the past few years. Kids love them!